For a new theater we challenge the typical American construction approach that privileges assemblies of products over formed materials. Instead, we promote an explicit materiality, collaborating with a contractor and commissioned artists to realize materially intensive building components. The most noticeable instance is the RebarWall, a hybrid cladding system that envelops the exterior. The typical detail, welded rebar held in front of Corten sheet metal, transforms to accommodate special conditions. The rebar both unifies and differentiates the theater.
Jury Notes: Through the use of ordinary materials, this project transforms an ordinary wall into an exceptional sidewalk experience. The subtlety of the curve in the panels, variegation in the rust, and lighting combine to make this project truly sublime.